A man wearing a protective face mask takes a photo of the sunset on the Tsim Sha Tsui coast as skyline buildings stand out after an outbreak of coronovirus disease (COVID-19) on July 28, 2020 in Hong Kong, China.
HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has warned the city that it is on the verge of a massive spread of coronovirus and has urged people to do as much as possible with stringent new measures to prevent the spread of the disease Stay indoors. Wednesday.
The new rules prohibited gatherings of more than two people, eating in restaurants and wearing face masks in public places, including outside. These are the most difficult measures introduced in the city since the outbreak.
The government has also tightened testing and quarantine arrangements for sea and air crew members effective on Wednesday.
“We are on the verge of a large-scale community outbreak that could lead to a decline in our hospital system and costs, especially of the elderly,” Lam said in a statement late Tuesday.
“To protect your loved ones, our healthcare staff and Hong Kong, I appeal to you to strictly abide by social away measures and stay home as far as possible.”
On Monday, new measures were announced for at least seven days after the Global Financial Center saw a spike in locally broadcasted cases over the past three weeks.
On Tuesday, Hong Kong reported 106 new coronovirus cases, 98 of which were broadcast locally. Since the end of January, more than 2,880 people have been infected in the former British colony, of which 23 have died.
Reporting by Twin Siu and Anne Marie Ronteri; Editing by Christian Schmollinger